I’m a self-proclaimed introvert and have been for many years. I’m an introvert mostly due to the fact that I feel drained after spending time with other people and I need time to recharge after interactions. I’m not an introvert because I don’t like people and I’d rather be alone.
In the last couple of years I’ve felt like my introvertedness was a weakness, that I was the problem. Parties were draining because I couldn’t push myself to be more social. People didn’t want to hang out with me because I’m not fun or outgoing.
But more recently I’ve come to realize that not everyone I spend my time with will drain my social battery. Maybe when I go to certain social events and feel tired, it’s because the people there are the problem. They’re unaccepting of me and just make me feel uncomfortable.
I feel like I’ve been trying to be someone I’m not for so long just to please people and make up for the fact that I’m an introvert. But the right people in your life won’t make you feel any less than you are.